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A major overhaul of the Education Department’s website has been commissioned in response to concerns about its usability.

Department of Education and Child Development Chief Executive Tony Harrison said he shared concerns raised in last week’s InDaily article, SA govt websites: good, bad & unusable, which named it as the worst State Government website.

“A key objective will be to streamline and de-clutter the site,” Harrison told InDaily.

Most of the information on the current website will be absorbed into the government’s umbrella website – sa.gov.au.

“We know that parents and carers searching online for details about our services are more likely to use search engines, and these point directly to what’s on sa.gov.au,” he said.

“Thus parents and carers will be able to find the information they need quickly and easily on a site that covers all government services, not just DECD’s.”

The new public DECD site will house corporate and administrative information pertaining to the operations of the department.

Meanwhile, a new intranet is being constructed to house information for DECD staff.

The reconstruction of the website was commissioned in December last year.

Here’s what InDaily‘s panel of web design experts said about the DECS site last week:

“I’m not exactly sure why anyone would go to this website and who its primary audience is, but it’s drier than a 10-week-old Sao biscuit,” said Sputnik from design firm Out Of This World.

According to Jamie Esterman of web design firm Atomix, “the main navigation usability is poor and the website content is boring and static”.

“Overall, this is a poor website for such a large department.”

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